Spirulina as a Protein Source

One essential part of any healthy eating plan is protein. From fish to soy products, there are many different ways that you can try to consume enough protein for your daily diet. One protein that doesn’t get mentioned frequently is spirulina, and it could be exactly what you’re looking for.


A dark algae, spirulina is dried, finely ground, and then marketed in powder or tablet form. Heavily used by the Japanese, it has a protein count between 55 and 70%, along with many minerals and vitamins such as iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, and calcium, along with most B, C, D, and E vitamins.


Spirulina isn’t a recent discovery; in fact, it was discovered by the Aztecs and used in drinks or broths and sprinkled on foods. Researchers believe that another one of its benefits is the ability to regulate insulin and control sugar cravings, assisting with the treatment and maintenance of diabetes. In fact, the only negative aspect of this algae is that scientists worry that too much spirulina may be hard to process. As a result, you should adhere to the recommended daily allotment and proceed with caution if you decide to take this supplement. And, as always, check with Dr. Waller before making a change like this to your diet.